University Archives phonograph collection
Scope and Contents
Collection of phonographs of various sources and sizes. Includes children's educational music, radio programs, sound effects, film scores composed by Max Steiner, General Conference talks, Mormon Tabernacle Choir recordings, theater productions and church radio dramas. Also included are recordings from various genres including Christmas, orchestral, opera, choral, dance, and folk. Collection consists of approximately 700 phonographs.
- Brigham Young University (contributor, Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Open for public research.
Conditions Governing Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the University Archives phonograph collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
The University Archives was established in 1956 and began collecting phonographs early in its history. The phonograph, or gramophone, was the most common device for playing recorded sound from the 1870s through the 1980s. In more modern usage, this device is often called a record player.
8 cartons (8 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
Found in the stacks, January 2009.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Found; University Archivist; January 2009.
University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).
Processed; Kayla Quinney; January 2009.
- 368 phonograph records were identified as not being University Archives-related, and were separate out to be offered to other curators. 78 records were identified by the Curator of Latter-day Saint and Western Americana to be added to the Americana collection. 26 phonograph records related to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Utah, and the American West were identified as duplicates or otherwise not desireable to keep, and were discarded. The other 264 records are still under review by the Curator for Music Special Collections, and a decision on their disposition will be made at a later point in time.
- Register of University Archives phonograph collection
- Kayla Quinney
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.